The ins and outs of fresh produce marking

The amount of preparation that goes into the packaging, labelling, and distribution of food products is hard to ignore. If your business is active in food production, manufacture, food wholesale, distribution or supply, your mandate is to ensure you are complying with the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) regulations. You also need to ensure that tracking, inventory and distribution are supported by quality marking, labelling and packaging.

In addition to the regulatory guidelines, an item-level marking method is required to keep track of produce and ensure you avoid counterfeiting, tampering and theft.Tracepack’s safe, food grade inks

Making the right choice

This is where it gets tricky. How do you mark individual pieces of fresh produce while maintaining government compliance and health and safety standards? First, do no harm, especially not to your valued consumers.

It is important to ensure you are printing with non-toxic, edible ink. You may need to decide between UV visible and invisible inks for different products. Having the choice allows a more flexible solution for your business. While the application of the marking is a consideration, the ink you use in any application method is pertinent.

Application on surfaces

To smooth the process, a conveyor system can be designed specifically for your business with the inclusion of printing and marking components.

Your key considerations should be whether:

  • manufacturing is done in-house
  • these can be customised to suit your individual needs
  • they allow quick and efficient transportation for a wide variety of materials

A complete solution

It is important to ensure your systems work together seamlessly. Investing in a fully inclusive solution like POLYtrust edible UV invisible and visible inks will give you peace of mind. It is a comprehensive solution that not only does the marking grunt work, but also contributes to your security and stock management.

POLYtrust does:

  • POLYtij HP thermal ink printers
  • covert invisible non-porous and HACCP food-grade inks
  • HD barcode integrated in QR code for marketing and security
  • ‘closed loop’ custom UV lens smartphone and Apps
  • custom website and IT validation

Keeping it secure

Your brand could fall prey to any number of threats – counterfeiting, theft, and reputation damage.

TracePack’s identification, authentication and track and trace methods will help protect your products, supply chain and brand on a global level.

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